Embattled singer, R. Kelly is reportedly under investigation in the state of Georgia. The probe comes after the airing of Surviving R. Kelly, the Life
Embattled singer, R. Kelly is reportedly under investigation in the state of Georgia. The probe comes after the airing of Surviving R. Kelly, the Lifetime docuseries that featured wide-ranging interviews with R. Kelly’s family members, former friends and colleagues, but most notably, women who claim that for decades the hit-making singer and producer used his power and influence to sexually and physically abuse young girls.
According to New York Times, investigators from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia contacted Gerald A. Griggs, the lawyer for Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, who claimed that the singer is holding their daughter, Joycelyn Savage, against her will. The couple was interviewed in the docuseries, along with other women.
“We hope that it will turn into a fruitful investigation and it will result in the return of Joycelyn Savage to her family or, at the very least, that she starts opening continuous conversations and interactions with her family like she had before she met Mr. Robert Sylvester Kelly,” Griggs said.
While no charges have currently been brought against R. Kelly yet, the Cook County state attorney Kim Foxx held a press conference on Tuesday to encourage victims to come forward.
“If we are going to take these allegations seriously — it isn’t one of those situations where it’s just forensics, we need actual witnesses and victims to have the courage to tell their stories. We cannot do anything related to these allegations without the cooperation of victims and witnesses,” she said.
She added that her office is talking to two families whose loved ones had been in contact with Kelly.
“I was sickened. I was sickened by the allegations, I was sickened as a survivor, I was sickened as a mother, I’m sickened as a prosecutor,” she said of the docuseries. “I’ve worked in this office for a number of years including in 2008, and so the allegations were not new to me, but I think listening to survivors and giving the platform for survivors to tell their stories was heartbreaking.”
In 2008, a Cook County jury found R. Kelly not guilty on 14 counts of child pornography charges.